Winter can be a difficult season to get through for individuals with arthritis or chronic joint and muscle pain. When the cold weather of winter is upon us, many of us can often feel a difference in our joints. Seniors in particular tend to experience increased pain and stiffness in the joints during the winter which can affect mobility and increase the risk of injury from falls.
How does cold weather impact joint pain?
Colder temperatures have been known to intensify aches and pains in the joints and muscles during the winter season. Although there is no definitive proof or scientific evidence to explain why this happens, the fact that such a high percentage of the senior population experiences an increase in joint pain during the winter months is hard to argue with.
One possible explanation is based on a drop in barometric pressure which results in expansion of the tendons, muscles, and surrounding tissues in the joints and can cause pain and stiffness. Another theory is that colder temperatures cause a thickening of the fluids in the joints, reducing mobility. Whatever the reason may be, the cold weather often makes daily routines a little more challenging for seniors.
There are numerous strategies and daily practices to employ to help manage and alleviate irksome sore joints in the winter:
Achy joints and muscles can have a significant impact on how comfortable and mobile seniors feel in the cold weather. Addressing these issues with planning and preparation is important for wellbeing through the long winter months. With a few useful strategies and approaches to daily living, seniors can enjoy the winter despite joint pain and discomfort.